ST. LOUIS , MISSOURI – A big focus on our highways this weekend. While construction workers are taking time off ,state troopers are working over-time.
Millions are hitting the highways for the un-official start of summer. The Boone Bridge was actually going to have two of its eastbound lanes closed this weekend, even as the highways overflow with travlers, but a couple of days a go, MoDot thought better of that plan and announced they were postponing the latest part of the ongoing bridge rehab until Tuesday.
Most highway construction in Illinois is also being suspended for the next three days. Officials on both sides of the river are reminding drivers to take their time, and to be aware that there will be plenty of additional police out there looking for speeders and drunk drivers.
Officials estimate more than 36-million people will travel away from home this weekend, with the vast majority going by car. Missouri gas prices are sitting at 3.43 per gallon right now, a little more than twenty cents per gallon below the national average. But crossing the river into Illinois will take you to one of the five most expensive states in America for gasoline, with a statewide average of 3.88, though things are much lower in the St. Louis area. for the cheapest gas in the country, you can head south into Arkansas